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Energy: EU Law

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions officials in his Department discussed the proposed labelling of heating systems in the energy-using products directive with representatives of the European Commission in each of the last two years. (205441)

BERR and DEFRA officials have been in regular contact with the Commission concerning the boilers and water heater proposals under the energy-using products directive. The latest engagement with the Commission includes:

EuP Consultation Forums 18 December 2007;

A bilateral meeting with the Commission on 31 January 2008;

EuP Consultation Forums 29 February 2008;

Conference call with Commission—24 April 2008; and

An informal meeting with Commission and other member states is planned for 22 May 2008.

In addition to the discussions with the Commission, BERR and DEFRA have continued to work closely with the relevant industry sectors and recently BERR hosted a full day workshop (chaired by DEFRA) with industry representatives in February.